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September 19, 2018

Fulton Council Designates Farmers’ Market A ‘Tobacco-Free Zone’


FULTON, NY – Starting this week, smokers will be asked to refrain from using Tobacco products at the Fulton Farmers’ Market.

From left are: Daniel Knopp, Second Ward Councilman; Ryan Raponi, Third Ward Councilman; Thomas Kenyon, First Ward Councilman; Lawrence Macner, Sixth Ward Councilman; Mayor Ronald Woodward; Greg Mills, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Norman Foster, Fifth Ward Councilman; and James Myers,; Fourth Ward Councilman

From left are: Daniel Knopp, Second Ward Councilman; Ryan Raponi, Third Ward Councilman; Thomas Kenyon, First Ward Councilman; Lawrence Macner, Sixth Ward Councilman; Mayor Ronald Woodward; Greg Mills, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Norman Foster, Fifth Ward Councilman; and James Myers, Fourth Ward Councilman

The Tobacco Free Network of CNY, with the support of the city of Fulton, the Oswego County Health Department and the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, announced the market will be a tobacco-free event starting July 11.

According to a resolution passed by the Fulton Common Council this week, “from this date forward:” no tobacco products are to be used within the farmers’ market barriers.

The move will make it safer for young children at the market as they are in danger not only of being burned by a cigarette or its ashes but also from secondhand smoke.

“I’m pleased that the city of Fulton is making great strides to protect its residents and the spirit of our farmers’ market,” said Jackie Thorpe, community specialist for the Tobacco Free Network CNY. “There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, even if outdoors. In a survey conducted in 2010, 91 percent of Oswego County residents considered secondhand smoke to be harmful. Furthermore, 75 percent of Oswego County residents favor restricting or completely eliminating cigarette smoking at public outdoor recreation areas or events.”

Greg Mills, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce said, “By adopting a tobacco-free policy, the farmers’ market will become a safer, healthier environment for market vendors and patrons and make the market a truly family-friendly venue.”

Thorpe said there are several reasons to go smoke-free, including:

? Secondhand smoke leads to many serious illnesses including asthma, respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease.

? When children see adults smoking in family-friendly places such as parks and playgrounds, they see the behavior as acceptable and are more likely to mimic the behavior.

? Cigarette butts are hazardous to children, animals and the environment.  Children who ingest discarded cigarette butts are at risk for toxic poisoning, choking or burning themselves.

? 66.7% of Oswego County smokers believe that smoking at public outdoor recreation areas should be restricted or eliminated.

? In Oswego County, 77% of the adult population does not use any tobacco products.

? Nearly 90% of adult smokers began at or before the age of 18.

? It’s common sense to protect children where they play and socialize

The Fulton Farmers’ Market located in the Canalview Park & Shop parking lot on South Second Street and is open Saturdays through Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It provides Fulton residents and visitors with fresh, local, healthy foods.

The Tobacco Free Network will provide signage to designate the boundaries of the smoke-free area at the farmers’ market.

For more information on Tobacco Free Outdoors, call 315-343-2344 ext. 21 or visit tobaccofreenys.org

4 Responses “Fulton Council Designates Farmers’ Market A ‘Tobacco-Free Zone’”

  1. Concerned Resident
    July 9, 2015 at 6:53 am

    In the best interest of all residents, employees and visitors, the mayor should also make city hall, public outdoor recreational areas, ALL city employee buildings and ALL city vehicles a smoke free zone. I have visited the mayor’s office and it was nothing but a cloud of smoke!! I have also seen employees smoking in city vehicles.

    Why should we as residents have to deal with 2nd hand smoke in any public building or outdoor area? If you are enforcing the law to the farmer’s market area, please enforce it in other areas of the city.

  2. Lester
    July 10, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Right… but DRINKING at Harborfest isn’t something the kids are ever going to mimic, and is also a prime example of common sense and acceptable behavior as well? (not to mention broken bottles and staggering drunks.) What a bunch of hypocrits.

  3. J
    July 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Lester,
    Your reference to Harbor fest does not make sense. Harbor fest is it’s own entity and therefore decides independently what they will and will not allow or ask to be enforced/ supported by the local government. The Chamber and the City of Fulton run and support the market and have made a decision to further make the market healthier and safer.

    Second hand smoke is a real concern and danger to our community and our children. Thank you to the Chamber and to the City of Fulton for making this change.

    J

  4. Lester
    July 25, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Since the proximity of the two events is so close, it’s likely that such convoluted thinking will eventually spread to include such events as long as these types continue to inject their own personal agendas into the policy making process. Funny, nobody seemed to care about the second hand smoke they were breathing when Nestles smoke stacks were operational as long as it provided employment for the area. Personally, I’d be more concerned about the influx of downstate drug dealers moving into the local area than trying to get rid of the smokers.

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